Food Science and Nutrition (Ph.D.) – Food Science Specialization


The Ph.D. degree in food science and nutrition with a specialization in food science is designed for students who want to gain more in-depth research and teaching experiences in food system, microbiology, and food chemistry. You will have an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of food preservation and safety, investigate the health properties of foods and food components, and acquire critical skills in research methods.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Food Science and Nutrition: Food Science Specialization

Areas of Study

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition with specialization in Food Science includes advanced studies oriented toward food science, food microbiology, food preservation and safety, and health properties of foods and food components. Most students entering this Ph.D. program will bring in 30 credits from a Master’s program in a related field. The curriculum below represents a total of 42 credits beyond the Master’s level. If a prospective student has less than 30 credits toward the program, an individualized curriculum plan will be developed by working with a primary advisor to cover possible deficiencies.

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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